Don’t worry if you see special-operations soldiers with maple leafs on their berets airdropping into Fort Lewis this week. Our northern neighbors haven’t launched an attempted annexation of Washington.
It’s the 64th annual Menton Week, which commemorates the U.S. and Canadian First Special Service Force. The two-nation commando unit, most commonly known as the Devil’s Brigade, fought in Alaska, Italy and southern France during World War II.
The week coincides with the deactivation of the unit on Dec. 5, 1944 in Villenueve-Loubet, France. Canadian special operations soldiers and the Fort Lewis-based 1st Special Forces Group have a variety of events scheduled throughout the week, including:
Monday: A demonstration of special operations small-arms weapons and events for family members – and here’s the kicker – "a chance to shoot various special operations small arms."
Tuesday: A combined wreath-laying ceremony at the 1st Special Forces Group compound.
Wednesday: A skills competition that features helicopter rappelling and marksmanship events.
Photo courtesy of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command